Hello there, it’s Heather Avul again and I am a baby signing teacher in the UK. I love playing the memory game. You can do this with animals or objects that you are teaching your little one and then to add further fun you can add the sign too.
I had fun today making some cards for the game although mine is not quite finished. This is part one. I will film something for part two to show how my children use the finger spelling part as they are older now, 4 and 10 years. The words are mainly for helping my 4 year old finger-spell and it also helps my other children if they would like to join in.
I have been thinking about helping my child to read for a while. I read “How to Teach Your Baby to Read” and thought, “Wow, I have wasted time and my child is not interested in learning although this would have been fantastic had I started from birth.” Anyways, my son is 4 years and 6 month old. He is interested in fun and I need to make learning fun for him. I will go back to the basics with the ideas from the book again as it had hard facts on how good the system is and he is still young.
I am also thinking the Phoenix system and these easy to read words made out of SATPIN might be good tools. I got these from some books I have about sounding, but I will leave that lesson to the school. I just want Azad to start reading for me. With the signed stories we do together, this memory game, perhaps a bit of “How to Teach Your Baby to Read”, and a potential book I may be writing on Azad, I may be able to get him to read. It is July 15th today in the evening and the schools are closed so let’s see how we do.
So I found all the words made from SATPIN and I put them on a spreadsheet. It was fun. I had to alter the size of the words and the cells to fit the page to two A4 sheets of paper. I then printed two copies so that the memory game can be played.
I completed the next task to laminate them. This was easy for me as I laminate quite a lot. I don’t do it as much as I did in my first year of teaching baby signing as most of it is done now. I also laminated a lot my first year of teaching toddlers and also my nursery training. The laminating machine sure has been used. Now I use it for certificates and such. If you do not have a laminating machine you can print on card stock. You don’t really even have to print them out to do this at home. You can just use card stock and write on it with a marker. Just make sure you have thick paper because while I was cutting with normal scissors, as my guillotine is out of action (they are as cheap as £10 in the UK), I realized that I can see the words through the paper.
When I looked at the words I realized I may need to do finger spelling exercises as I was not sure what the sign is for all of them. You can have a happy picture, a sad picture, or animals to reinforce the signs you know with your smaller child using this game. It helps with both memory and signing and makes it lots of fun. I played through the game with my son and daughter. I noticed their finger spelling needs much improvement, but we will practice this week and see how we have progressed next week. At home we will record us playing and overcome the see-through issue.
I do hope you will take some photos of your family which would be great: mummy, daddy, the pet dog or fish or cat, and siblings and have a go at playing this also with your little one. Even if you only have four cards and print two sets it will give you eight and you can play this and reinforce the signs with your baby. Do let me know if you do this. It would be lovely also to have photos of you doing this with your little ones. It can go on then to other core signs such as drink, food, clothes, etc.
I will let you know how we do here, but also I am going to make this game for some of the babies in my class and give the parents a few weeks and get back to you with that. What do you think? Ooo, it’s so exciting! Until next week...
I am a mother of 4, teach baby signing and also BSL level 2 qualified, love TKD and much more.